What is Xbox Game Pass?
Game Pass is a subscription based service of Microsoft that will give Xbox One gamers access to a library of games to download and play for as long as they continue to pay for the service.
It’s similar to Sony’s rival PlayStation Now platform, but unlike PlayStation Now, you don’t stream the games – instead you have to download and install any that you want to play. It is perceived as a Netflix-style game subscription service, minus the streaming. The service will be available in more than 30+ countries including the US and the UK.
What is so great about the features? Let’s check out
Going forward, it is one more feather in Microsoft’s cap, because of the simplicity concept and pricing. Here are the details for you
More than 100 games drawn from both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 back catalogues are available on the platform the library will regularly recycle – new games added each month and others removed. Once games leave Xbox Game Pass you won’t be able to play them anymore, but your achievements and progress will be saved.
There will be no restriction on the number of games that you can install at any given time. Options are available to play downloaded games offline for up to 30 days.
You can choose to buy a title and own it permanently. Microsoft will give you 20 percent discount, along with 10 percent off any DLC. But this holds good only if you make the purchase before the game leaves Game Pass.
Sony offers a whopping 450 titles now, much more than the 100 title of Game pass Remember that, Sony’s catalog is predominantly made up of previous-generation PS3 titles On the other hand Xbox Game Pass provides a mix of old, and newer games.
Xbox Game Pass pricing is simple, lets you play more than 100 titles for just $10 a month, which is relatively lower than the £12.99/$19.99 monthly rate for PlayStation.
Pros and cons
The drawback is that you need to have adequate hard drive space to install them
Need to wait for the download before you can play.
The upside is you need not bother about streaming lag or internet connectivity issues.
When is the launch?
According to Microsoft the Game Pass will launch on 1 June 2017. Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get early access from May 24 2017, and explore a 14-day trial of the service starting June
1, Game Pass will be accessible to everyone with an Xbox Live account. You can sign up on the console or on the web.
What games you can play?
The game lineup for launch will include Halo 5: Guardians , NBA 2K16, Lego Batman, SoulCalibur II, Mega Man Legacy Collection, Saints Row IV Re-Elected, NBA 2K16 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.According to Microsoft, titles from developers like Capcom, Bandai Namco2K Games, 505 Games, Code masters, Sega, Deep Silber, THQ Nordic, Warner Bros, and Microsoft Studios will also be included.